I took this picture a couple of years ago. During this time it was uncertain where our next duty station would be (what my new job would be). How would our church family handle the possibility of us leaving them after 14 years? How can we ever find another church when this church is our home?
Oh, dear Lord, who will assist our pastors?
Who is able to attend to our pastors in such a way that no disruption in service is able to be felt? It hit me then and still does: who did I train up so that my pastor would not have to be burdened, did I give my pastor “the option”?
Are you giving your pastor the option? I don’t believe I gave my pastor the option in my opinion because, I did not build depth in the crucial area of servant leadership. As an armour-bearer (aka personal assistant) in ministry I was just beginning. I learned that your ministry as an armour-bearer is unique. I learned that your ministry does not just stop at the carrying his bags or bringing him water before he takes the platform. Rather, it continues when the pastor has finished praying the last prayer with someone, and encouraged the last person at the altar. It even extends to where they get escorted to their car and drive home.
As an armour-bearer you ADminister to the minister; the man or woman of God who is responsible for the flock of God. It is a tremendous honor and yet the most demanding as a pastor. He or She needs your support.
My pastor quoted once in jest that “ministry will either drive you away or draw you to God”. It ignited within me a passion to help any way I could. So I pressed into the presence of God during my times of prayer and prayed for him and his family. I asked the Lord what could I do to help this awesome Godly man fulfill the vision God had given him for people of that beautiful city. Now who could I find that feels the same as I do for what God is doing there?
Armour-bearer, are you building a team of people to support your pastors? Can they call you and ask for prayer in all confidence? Can you make it your focus to pray for your leadership? Are you able to support your pastor by guarding his time? Can you give your pastor the option of an armour-bearer who is able to stand beside him and not behind him as he faces the principalities and powers of this dark world?
If not, you may be giving your pastor a lack of options…….